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Halloween kicks off the run in to Christmas

Halloween
Throughout the month of October there has been a crate of pumpkins outside Waitrose, on Abbey Close. When I went there today there was one very squashed pumpkin left.
Halloween
Outside and inside Fabulous Flowers, on Bridge Street, there have been pumpkins and gourds throughout October.
Halloween
Masons wool shop, on Stert Street, have pine cones, leaves, and horse chestnuts; spiders, webs, witch and brooms. and skull patterned material. These things you might see in other Halloween themed shop windows. What is unique at Masons are the orange and black balls of wool and the orange and black knitting patterns.
Halloween
The Children’s Air Ambulance charity shop, on High Street, has a heart arresting display.
Halloween
The British Heart Foundation, on Bury Street, removed their Halloween display today. They are now on the run in to Christmas.

Leave a Comment October 31, 2019

Make hay while the sun shines

There was good hay making weather in Abingdon today.
Make hay
On Wednesday Tony Tyler from the Old Farm Shop at Rowstock brought a tractor to mow the grassland area at Barton Fields. On Thursday the Barton Fields Green Team raked the hay.
Make hay
Then today Abingdon Green Gym and the Green Team completed raking and stacking the hay.
Make hay
The toad in the picture was more easy to see with the hay cut, but well camouflaged. Grass snakes are attracted to piles of hay as they provide a warm ambient temperatures during the winter months.

Leave a Comment August 24, 2019

Start of Spring

The Spring Equinox can be any date between 19th and 21st March. This year Spring began on the 20th March.
Science
The daffodils in front of the Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station have been flowering for most of March. They are called the Field of Hope and were planted in 2010. The first bulbs were planted for a former Abingdon Fireman who died of cancer. The others were planted by people remembering others.
Science
The daffodils on the far bank of the River Thames from Abingdon are at their best at the moment. I don’t know why they were planted but they keep their crescent shape every year. They are quite early this year.

2 Comments March 22, 2019

Out with the old and in with the new

Out with the old
At the recycling centre in Drayton a pink guitar, a painted wooden duck, and a cookie jar have been put aside. Somebody thought they were worth saving.

The big yellow claw will crush the other rubbish.
Out with the old
Some of our old things get sold on Gumtree or Ebay, donated to charity shops., or left out on the street for FREE.

Out with the old and in with the new means MOVE FORWARD.

New lamps for old means the old was worth more than the new.

10 Comments December 30, 2018

May Day Morning

May Day Morning
There was bright sunshine this May Day morning when I left the house.
May Day Morning
It would have been better if I had got up earlier and gone into Oxford for the May Morning gathering. I could have got a picture of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers for the blog. Instead I took a couple of pictures by the River Thames.

There was a film of frost on the car windscreen. Once scraped off, I drove off.

Here are the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers in a video from 2014, dancing the Princess Royal in Abingdon.

2 Comments May 1, 2018

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